Concussions in Youth Athletes - Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley signed HB 108 into law on June 9, 2011. HB 108 can be found at section 22-11E-1 through 22-11E-2 of the Alabama Code under the title dealing with health, mental health and environmental control laws. (Ala. Code § 22-11E-1 through § 22-11E-2). There were several amendments to the law in May 2012 the most significant of which precluded return to play on the day of the injury.
This law requires sports or recreational organizations to develop concussion guidelines, provide concussion training and education to parents/guardians and athletes, and requires the parents/guardian to sign a concussion information sheet annually. The law also requires that coaches be trained about concussions. Finally, any youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from the game or practice and may not return to play the day of the injury and until evaluated by a licensed doctor and receiving written clearance.
The terms “sport” and “recreational organization” are not defined in this statue or anywhere else in the Code.
The official versions of sections 22-11E-1 through 22-11E-2 are not currently available online as an external link, but may be view online at:
http://www.alabama.gov/sliverheader/Welcome.do?url=http://www.legislature.state.al.us/ALISNetHome.html by clicking the left tab labeled “Code of ALA”, then click “view” in the on the left, click on Title 22 on the left, then click Title I on main page and page down to Chapter 11 E clicking on the link to view either section . (please note that the amendment to the statute has not been updated to the above noted link).
There is currently no legislation pending to amend this statute.